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welcome to bbc news, i'm david eades. our top stories. new york's governor bows to pressure and resigns over a series of sexual harrassment cases. andrew cuomo says he's going for the greater good. i work for you. and doing the right thing is doing the right thing for you. thousands continue to flee major afghan cities in search of safety, as the taliban capture their eighth provincial capital in a matter of days. at least 42 people, including 25 soldiers, are killed trying to fight forest fires in algeria. and prince andrew declines to comment after an american woman files a civil case in new york claiming he sexually assaulted
her when she was 17. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. fellow democrats wanted him out, even president biden said he should go — now, finally, the governor of new york state, andrew cuomo, has quit his office a full week after the state attorney generalfound him guilty of sexually harrassing 11 women. it's a mighty fall from grace for one of the most high—profile politicalfigures in the democratic party. but as he announced his departure, mr cuomo also denied any intentional misconduct, and said he was gearing up to fight the allegations. nada tawfik has this report.
cuomo�*s going down... cuomo's going down... once a new york _ cuomo's going down... once a new york hero, _ cuomo's going down... once a new york hero, today - cuomo's going down... once a new york hero, today a - cuomo's going down... once a new york hero, today a target | new york hero, today a target of ridicule. andrew cuomo's. grace has been dramatic. for months, he sought to stay in office after allegations of sexual assault.— sexual assault. but he announced _ sexual assault. but he announced today - sexual assault. but he announced today he . sexual assault. but he - announced today he would step aside. i think given the circumstances, the best way i can help now is if i step aside and let government get back to governing. and therefore, that's what i'll do. an that's what i'll do. an independent - that's what i'll do. an independent investigation was sealed by the state attorney general office, released last week, which found he engaged in inappropriate touching and comments. one of the women broke her silence, filing a criminal complaint accusing him of kissing her and groping her breasts and buttocks. truth? of kissing her and groping her breasts and buttocks. why did ou file breasts and buttocks. why did you file the — breasts and buttocks. why did you file the complaint - breasts and buttocks. why did you file the complaint with - breasts and buttocks. why did | you file the complaint with the sheriffs — you file the complaint with the sheriffs office? it
you file the complaint with the sheriffs office?— sheriffs office? it was the ri . ht sheriffs office? it was the right thing _ sheriffs office? it was the right thing to _ sheriffs office? it was the right thing to do, - sheriffs office? it was the right thing to do, the - sheriffs office? it was the - right thing to do, the governor needs to be held accountable. just so i'm clear, being held accountable to you means seeing the governor charged with a crime? _ the governor charged with a crime? ~ ., the governor charged with a crime? ~ . ., ., , ., crime? what he did to me was a crime, crime? what he did to me was a crime. he _ crime? what he did to me was a crime, he broke _ crime? what he did to me was a crime, he broke the _ crime? what he did to me was a crime, he broke the law. - crime, he broke the law. prominent democrats including presidentjoe biden said his resignation was a good outcome for the state. many new yorkers agreed. i for the state. many new yorkers aareed. ., , ., for the state. many new yorkers aareed. .,, ., ., agreed. i feel it was a long time coming, _ agreed. i feel it was a long time coming, i _ agreed. i feel it was a long time coming, i feel- agreed. i feel it was a long time coming, i feel good i agreed. i feel it was a long i time coming, i feel good that he resign, i didn't think it was going to happen. the evidence is way too much, it was smart to do this. i’m evidence is way too much, it was smart to do this. i'm happy it has not _ was smart to do this. i'm happy it has not dragged _ was smart to do this. i'm happy it has not dragged out - was smart to do this. i'm happy it has not dragged out and - was smart to do this. i'm happy it has not dragged out and they| it has not dragged out and they don't _ it has not dragged out and they don't have _ it has not dragged out and they don't have to _ it has not dragged out and they don't have to impeach - it has not dragged out and they don't have to impeach him, - it has not dragged out and they don't have to impeach him, it. don't have to impeach him, it is ugly— don't have to impeach him, it is ugly enough. _ don't have to impeach him, it is ugly enough, it _ don't have to impeach him, it is ugly enough, it could - don't have to impeach him, it is ugly enough, it could have | is ugly enough, it could have been — is ugly enough, it could have been uglien _ is ugly enough, it could have been uglier-— is ugly enough, it could have been u~lier. �* ., ., ., , been uglier. andrew cuomo was seen as one _ been uglier. andrew cuomo was seen as one of _ been uglier. andrew cuomo was seen as one of the _ been uglier. andrew cuomo was seen as one of the nation's - seen as one of the nation's most popular governors after his handling of the covid pandemic and was praised for his public support of the me too movement. all the while, investigators say he abused the state's highest office and
created a toxic workplace. with his exit, a woman will now leave new york, his deputy kathy hochul will become the first female governor in the state's history. the downfall of another powerful man in america shows the me too movement's enduring impact, but it also calls into question how much has really changed. max kutner is a journalist and political analyst in new york. he says the govenor�*s resignation, when it came, happened quickly. even just days ago, his office was releasing photos of him hugging and kissing people and saying, "this is just how
i am and this is how i was raised," and so certainly a lot going from that to a resignation in one week. but there really doesn't seem to be a way around it. i mean, president biden was calling for this, democrats from his own party in the state had been calling for this and really trying to distance themselves from the governor. i spoke with a spokesperson for a democratic senator in the state just a couple of days ago about a totally unrelated topic, a piece of legislation, and even that spokesperson used it as an opportunity to distance that state senator from cuomo. we've seen resignations of people from his office, including a top aide of his, in recent days, so this really, i think, became inevitable. taliban militants in afghanistan are said to have raised theirflag on the main square and the governor's office in puli khumri, the capital of baghlan province about five—and—a—half hours' drive north of kabul. they've now seized eight of the country's 3a provincial capitals. in farah in the north—west, which also fell on monday, there's been heavy fighting, but in other cities, government forces have withdrawn. it's being reported that thousands of civilians have been killed or wounded in fighting. caroline hawley has the story. the aftermath of the battle for kunduz, the northern city captured by the taliban
on sunday, the terrifying cost of urban warfare. the un and other aid agencies are now growing increasingly alarmed at the mounting toll it's taking. civilians have fled the taliban advances in their tens of thousands. many have reached the relative safety of the capital kabul. translation: those who have been displaced are in a very - bad and frustrating situation, but those in the government have not sent a representative here to help. there's little comfort for them here, but they've left far worse behind. people are living in fearand dread. women are already being killed and shot for breaching rules that have been imposed on what they can wear and on where they can move without a male escort. it's time for the international community to prioritise peace in afghanistan. securing a ceasefire is the aim of these talks taking place in the qatari capital doha over the next few days. the us special representative for afghanistan, zalmay khalilzad, hopes to persuade the taliban to halt
their offensive, started after foreign troops began to withdraw in may. afghan government forces are trying to repel the advances, but it's the taliban who have the momentum now and very little incentive to stop. caroline hawley, bbc news. husain haqqani is a former ambassador of pakistan to the united states, and now with the hudson institute. he joins us from washington. thank you very much for your time. given what is happening and what we are seeing in afghanistan, in particular so many people fleeing their homes, in the hope of finding some refuge, are you surprised at the apparent reluctance, the relative inactivity of the afghan army to face up to the taliban? i afghan army to face up to the taliban? ~ �* . taliban? i think the afghan army has — taliban? i think the afghan army has faced _ taliban? i think the afghan army has faced them - taliban? i think the afghan | army has faced them where taliban? i think the afghan i army has faced them where it could. it's a very complicated
situation. does the ale army engage in warfare which will result in even more civilian casualties than the taliban are already inflicting? —— the afghan army. this is more about the nato and us decision, zalmay khalilzad, the us negotiator, promised the afghans piece, and instead the taliban have given the war. the only way to step out over the violation of their own commitments is essentially to engage them militarily with all the might of the allies. the afghan government has really been abandoned by its american and nato allies.— and nato allies. when you say they have _ and nato allies. when you say they have been _ and nato allies. when you say they have been abandoned, i and nato allies. when you say i they have been abandoned, they are a fighting force of 350,000, they are relatively well equipped compared to the taliban, not least with some airpower. is there not a point at which responsibility is being handed over here, and
needs to be seized on? i being handed over here, and needs to be seized on? i think the responsibility _ needs to be seized on? i think the responsibility was - needs to be seized on? i think the responsibility was handed | the responsibility was handed overin the responsibility was handed over in a very haphazard manner. the americans and nato always kept control of logistics, they always kept control of the maintenance of the afghan air force. all of that was taken away without discussion with the afghan government. look, the afghan government. look, the afghan government may have its own flaws and weaknesses, but the fact of the matter is when president biden says the afghan leaders should get together to deal with things, he should realise the afghan leaders are more united against the taliban and than the democrats and republicans in washington, dc on any major issue. this is not about the afghan government. inaudible. it takes 30 years for a second loop ten to become a general.
the afghan army has not had 30 years. —— a second lieutenant. they are obviously being directed by people who have an understanding of how to pursue this. ~ . . . understanding of how to pursue this. . . ., . ., this. we had a little glitch on the line, but _ this. we had a little glitch on the line, but i _ this. we had a little glitch on the line, but i do _ this. we had a little glitch on the line, but i do need - this. we had a little glitch on the line, but i do need to - this. we had a little glitch onj the line, but i do need to ask you one last question. how far do you think the taliban will take this. there seems no point in talking about peace talks at the moment.— in talking about peace talks at the moment. absolutely, there are no peace — the moment. absolutely, there are no peace talks. _ the moment. absolutely, there are no peace talks. if— the moment. absolutely, there are no peace talks. if the - are no peace talks. if the taliban take part with violence, i don't think they will get much international respect or recognition, we will be back to the 1990s. if the government can move on to some parts of afghanistan, we might be in for some civil war and going into neighbouring countries, especially pakistan. thank you forjoining us from washington. it has taken months of political wrangling, but the us senate has passed a $1 trillion infrastructure plan intended
to restore some of the ageing, often crumbling transport systems across the us. what makes this especially noteworthy is that the bill won support from both democrats and republicans — 19 of them voting in favour and bucking the long—standing trend of highly divided party politicking in congress. so this bipartisan success story now goes to the house of representatives, and if passed there, would head to president biden's desk. i know compromise is hard for both sides. but it's important, it's necessary, for democracy to be able to function. so, i want to thank everyone on both sides of the aisle for supporting this bill. today, we proved that democracy can still work. we can now speak to max burns, a democratic strategist and journalist and founder of third degree strategies, a progressive communications firm.
thanks very much forjoining us. let's start with this, hats off to biden, really, isn't it? yeah, this is an incredible moment forjoe biden, he has come a long way from february when zero republicans joined his covid stimulus bill. to see 19 republicans crossed party lines against the explicit demands of the former president donald trump, and actuallyjoin the biden administration to get this past is a great validation ofjoe biden's argument that he can lower the temperature in washington and get work done. the further you get away from washington and indeed the us, the more people think it is a very binary equation, republicans versus democrats. but there is another game in town, and that is the progressives within the democratic party, who are really not terribly happy with the direction this bill is going, and are ready to dig their heels in. is
going, and are ready to dig their heels in.— going, and are ready to dig their heels in. is that where biden's real _ their heels in. is that where biden's real problems - their heels in. is that where biden's real problems lie i their heels in. is that where i biden's real problems lie going ahead? that's right, in victory there are now a dozen more problems for the white house. the chief one being alexandria casey cortez from new york and the progressive caucus of about 96 members. they have said if democrats don't also pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation budget bill being considered now, with significant climate change and social spending, that they will block debate of biden's bill in the house. and they have the numbers to make good on that threat, so it is something joe biden is taking seriously. something joe biden is taking seriousl . ~ . , , seriously. what is the problem for joe seriously. what is the problem forjoe biden — seriously. what is the problem forjoe biden there? _ seriously. what is the problem forjoe biden there? if- seriously. what is the problem forjoe biden there? if you - seriously. what is the problem forjoe biden there? if you are| forjoe biden there? if you are talking about spending on climate change mitigation, he would say, yes, we've got to do that. if you look at some of the social spending, he might say you've got to do that, but i suppose it's got to be paid for and maybe that is where the problems lie. for and maybe that is where the
problems lie-— problems lie. that is one of the hiccups _ problems lie. that is one of the hiccups within - problems lie. that is one of the hiccups within the - problems lie. that is one of| the hiccups within the party, problems lie. that is one of i the hiccups within the party, a centrist moderate senator like joe mansion of west virginia are bulking a bit of raising the price tag of this bill, but the price tag of this bill, but the president appears open to most of what the left and the progressives are asking for. the reconciliation bill introduced this week contains almost 90% of what they ask for, so it will be tough for them to argue that this isn't a significant victory for them. you call it a reconciliation bill, that essentially means it is a straight majority required, isn't it? 50 plus one? . �* , required, isn't it? 50 plus one? ., �*, . one? that's correct. other legislation _ one? that's correct. other legislation requires - one? that's correct. other legislation requires 60 - one? that's correct. other l legislation requires 60 votes in the senate, this will only require 50 plus one, and the democrats have shown they are perfectly willing to do that and use vice president harris to break the tie. it’s and use vice president harris to break the tie.— to break the tie. it's going to be a fascinating _ to break the tie. it's going to be a fascinating if— to break the tie. it's going to be a fascinating if possibly i be a fascinating if possibly politically bloody few months to come. thank you very much.
stay with us on bbc news, still to come: building a new olympic spectacle — beijing prepares to become the first city in history to host both a summer and winter games,just six months after tokyo. the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a huge job of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutal former dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's being buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. two billion people around
the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later when the sun set over the bay of bengal. this is bbc news, the latest headlines. andrew cuomo resigns as governor of new york state after an inquiry found he sexually harassed 11 women. an american woman has filed a civil lawsuit in new york, accusing prince andrew of sexual abuse. in a statement, virginia giuffre claims she was trafficked to the prince by the convicted paedophile jeffrey epstein when she was 17. the duke of york has consistently denied the allegations.
our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. which of the people in this photograph is telling the truth? the man, prince andrew, who categorically denies any impropriety? or the woman, virginia giuffre, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by him on three occasions? ms giuffre has made these allegations before. she's now followed up with a civil claim filed at a district court in new york. the claim states that when she was 17, she was the victim of sex trafficking. the document states... it goes on to refer to "prince andrew's criminal acts" and states in conclusion...
tonight, ms giuffre's lawyer issued this warning to prince andrew. i think it would be very ill—advised for prince andrew to ignore judicial process. he can ignore me. but if he does, it's going to be a default judgment against him and, in addition, will be a judgment that can be enforced not only in the united states but in virtually every civilised country in the world. earlier, prince andrew had offered no reaction to the lawsuit. his position remains as it was in his interview with newsnight�*s emily maitlis in november 2019, when he denied any improper behaviour with ms giuffre — or virginia roberts, as she was then. you can say categorically that you don't recall meeting virginia roberts, dining with her, dancing
with her at tramp or going on to have sex with her in a bedroom in a house in belgravia? i can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened. do you recall any kind of sexual contact with virginia roberts, then or at any other time? none whatsoever. the civil claim has been lodged with the court. andrew will doubtless be hoping it doesn't lead to a hearing, as will his family. buckingham palace is doing its best to keep everything to do with prince andrew at arm's length. but whatever the truth of these claims, the very fact that a member of the royalfamily finds himself facing them is clearly damaging. prince andrew has withdrawn from public life with the royal family. for all his denials, these latest developments suggest there can be little immediate prospect of him restoring his public reputation. nicholas witchell, bbc news. wildfires in algeria have
killed at least 42 people, including 25 members of the military who were fighting the blazes in forests east of the capital, algiers. algeria is the latest country on the mediterranean to be hit by wildfires. azaday moshiri reports. dozens killed and land scorched. algeria the latest mediterranean country to face disastrous wildfires. more than 100 buyers are raging in several provinces east of the capital. claiming the lives of both civilians and soldiers. —— 100 fires. they were deployed to rescue algerians from the flames. some villagers were evacuated, others stayed back using tree branches to calm the flames. translation: ., , translation: there are fires everywhere. _ translation: there are fires everywhere. we _ translation: there are fires everywhere, we have - translation: there are fires everywhere, we have not - translation: there are fires| everywhere, we have not seen the government, we do not have a state. the people are the government, long live the
members from the civil protection teams.- members from the civil protection teams. the flames have burned _ protection teams. the flames have burned the _ protection teams. the flames have burned the country - protection teams. the flames have burned the country is i have burned the country is famed olive trees. and clouded the streets with smoke. these are becoming worryingly familiar scenes, as wildfires continue to burn across several countries. greece's prime minister apologised to the nation for the fires that have been tearing through since late july. and said climate change has fuelled the wildfires, increasing the risk of hot and dry weather. this is minister in charge of civil protection broke down when asked about the country's failings. this translation: i country's failings. this tuna/mom- country's failings. this translation: ., ., translation: i want to say something- — something. every house that is lost is a tragedy for all of us and is a strike to our hearts, but what i know is that a massive battle was waged during recent days. we have all remained without sleep throughout all these days. sleep throughout all these da s. a, sleep throughout all these da s. , ., , days. more high temperatures are expeeted _
days. more high temperatures are expected in _ days. more high temperatures are expected in the _ days. more high temperatures are expected in the coming i are expected in the coming weeks, meaning more land and lives could be vulnerable. meanwhile, president putin has ordered more firefighters to siberia to tackle catastrophic forest fires there. more than 80,000 square kilometres of forest have burnt in russia so far this year. earlier, nasa said smoke from the russian fires reached the north pole, 3,000 kilometres away, apparently for the first time. the world's attention will soon turn to beijing for the winter olympics, coming up injust six months. before the current delta variant outbreak, chinese officials were confident they could have crowds for all events — now they're not so sure. but there are also political challenges for the chinese government hosting the games — as it's accused of serious human rights abuses. our china correspondent stephen mcdonell has more. in the mountains around the chinese capital, thousands of workers are busy.
next to the space age skijumping center, they're making the most of the summer months for construction. justin downs is a canadian winter sport specialist who's been advising games organisers. well, there's no question beijing will be ready for the competitions. in fact, all of the competition venues are already ready and they've already hosted test events, so what you see going on around us here isjust the supporting infrastructure. before the sliding center is iced overfor the bobsleigh runs, they're putting on the finishing touches. a high—speed train connection with the city is already operating. around it, hotels, temporary stands for spectators, food and beverage sites are all being built. here at the olympic village, there's still work to be done to have everything ready
in time for the games. beijing's been fortunate, though, in that it's been able to study tokyo to work out the logistics in a time of coronavirus. over three years ago, we filmed some of the test events here. despite the pandemic, china's officials had also been planning to have spectators at the coming olympics. that was before a delta variant outbreak reintroduced the coronavirus to china. yet they say they're still hopeful to bring it under control in time. and most people here seem pretty optimistic about what the beijing games will bring. this area already has the feeling of a full—blown winter sport place. the hope is that after
the olympics, there will be an explosion in china of interest in skiing and the like, and that these facilities will get used quite a lot. one of the things that the beijing olympics is going to find hard to shake is the political element. there are allegations of serious human rights abuses in this country, and some are calling for a boycott of the games. well, here we are at the top of the mountain — not bad, eh? even ruins of the great wall of china overlook the winter olympic sites. but with the coronavirus lingering, how many people will be able to take this all in? stephen mcdonell, bbc news, beijing. some great pictures and some big challenges. the 2008 beijing olympics, again there were many calls for boycotts
but they didn't happen then. we will see what happens over the coming weeks and months. you are watching bbc news. thanks for being with us. tuesday brought us our first 25 celsius day in the uk in over two weeks. and whilst some of that warmth will still be felt on wednesday across the south and east of the country with some sunny spells, clouding over into the afternoon, it's the cloudier conditions in the north and west which will bring different conditions compared to what we've seen. much more in the way of rain and breeze, all courtesy of these weather fronts pushing in off the atlantic. heaviest of the rain into the start of the day across parts of northern ireland and the very far west of scotland, but quite a mild and humid start here, 111—15 celsius. fresher in the east, where there will be a few mist and fog patches, but the best of the morning sunshine. now, the sunshine, as i said, will be best in the morning, clouding over from the west, so there's still some sunny spells to the south and the east. northern ireland should cheer up into the afternoon with some
sunshine, and into late afternoon, we'll see that sunshine develop across western scotland, too. but after the morning sunshine across the far north, into orkney and eastern parts of scotland, a rather damp afternoon, rain coming and going. rain at times in northwest england, though areas around the merseyside, cheshire area may just about stay dry. patchy rain across wales and southwest england through the afternoon, but much of the midlands, east anglia and the southeast dry, with temperatures around 211—25 yet again, and a fine day in the channel islands too. that weather front bringing the rain actually just fizzles as it pushes its way eastwards into wednesday night and thursday morning. not much in it, as it reaches parts of southern england, the midlands and east anglia. clearer skies to the north of it means a cooler night to take us into thursday, particularly across scotland and northern ireland. temperatures more widely into single figures. but for thursday, we're between two weather fronts — one is stalling across the south of the country, and this next one across the deepening area of low pressure out to the west of the uk. does mean most will start off dry with some sunshine,
a few showers around. a lot more cloud, though, southern counties of england, east anglia, with some patchy rain and drizzle which will move its way a bit further northwards through the day. but to the north and west, the breeze will pick up, gales across western parts of scotland, parts of northern ireland, too, and some heavy bursts of rain later. in the sunshine, though, for many, temperatures still where we should be for the time of year, 20—211 celsius. friday sees yet more in the way of heavy, thundery showers across parts of western scotland. winds remain strong. blustery day for all. still some cloud lingering across the south, but sunshine elsewhere. bye for now.
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